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Sleepless night pays off for Ainsworth as Blues win
BEING up all night thinking about tactics and team selection paid off for Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth as he watched his side put in one of the most convincing away displays of his managerial career.
He boldly chose to change a winning line-up but that didn’t disrupt the flow of his side as an excellent performance in the second half saw Blues cruise to a 3-0 win at Plymouth Argyle.
And just like last week at Hartlepool it was thanks to making substitutions at key moments that Wanderers were able to come away with a victory, as Matt McClure came off the bench to set up two goals before fellow replacement Jo Kuffour laid on the third.
Once Sam Wood had fired Blues into the lead there was only going to be one winner, Ainsworth said – and his opposite number John Sheridan was forced to agree, as he said his side folded after falling behind.
Ainsworth said: “I was up all night thinking about how the changes were going to happen and who to play – does Dean Morgan play with Nick Arnold, does Max Kretzschmar come in? The three of us, me, Lee and Dobbo, we got the selection and the subs spot on today.
“I was up early this morning thinking about different permutations, reading match reports and seeing how Plymouth would play against us. That had a bearing on my selection.
“The players deserve the credit. I can only put them on the pitch and ask them to do what I’ve asked them.
“Matt McClure, Jo Kuffour and Matt Bloomfield played a big part coming off the bench and seeing the game out for us.”
The victorious Wanderers chief added: “It was a very convincing away performance – one of the best away performances so far, and we scored some fantastic goals.
“I’m really pleased with the way we took the first half against the wind. We had the better of the first half. They had chances, we kept a clean sheet. Second half we had too much for them.
“It was going to take something special to open it up because it was a very even game. Sam’s opening goal opened the floodgates for us and that really deflated Plymouth. From then on, I thought there was only one team in it.”
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